The New York Knicks (7-5) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (3-8) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Spectrum Center and televised on BSSE. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 6:00 ET.
Knicks vs Hornets
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Wizards, Jalen Brunson was the top scorer for the Knicks’ offense, scoring 32 points and shooting 10/23 from the field. The Knicks picked up a 120-99 win, and Immanuel Quickley also added 27 points which was 2nd on the team.
In today’s game against the Hornets, the Knicks aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 7-5. Away from their home court, the Knicks have a 4-3 record this season, in contrast to their 3-2 record at home.
The Knicks have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 9-3. New York has covered the spread in three consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 4-1 at home as opposed to 5-2 on the road.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Bucks with a final score of 130-99. Despite being behind at halftime 59-57, the Hornets picked up the win.
Facing the Knicks, the Hornets currently hold an overall record of 3-8 and aim to end their three game losing streak. On the road, the Hornets have gone 2-3 so far this season compared to their 1-5 mark at home.
Charlotte comes in with an overall ATS record of 4-6 so far this season. As the favorite this season, Charlotte is 0-2 vs. the spread while going 4-4 as the underdog.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 12 games the Knicks are averaging 110 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA. So far, the Knicks are averaging 95.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, New York is just 29th in shots made inside the arc.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 113.5 points per game. In terms of pace, the Hornets are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.6 possessions per game. The team’s offense could be a candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only do they generate an above-average number of possessions, but they are near the top of the league in made 2-point field goals per game.
Knicks Team Defense
At present, the Knicks’ defense is ranked 1st, allowing 104.7 points per game.
In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.1 turnovers per game, ranking 3rd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 30th in rejections, averaging 2.4 blocked shots each game.
Hornets Team Defense
At present, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 27th, allowing 122.6 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Hornets are forcing 14 per game, which is 15th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 23rd in blocked shots at 4.5 per game.
Key Players For The Knicks And Hornets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jalen Brunson will be the primary scorer for the Knicks, with 16 points and going 6/12 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.5 points per game, in addition to 3.3 rebounds.
As for Charlotte, LaMelo Ball is projected to be the primary scorer for the Hornets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 14, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 42%, and his scoring average is 23.5 points per game.
Knicks vs Hornets Trends
- Across their last five road contests, New York has been good against the spread posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 109 points per game.
- Charlotte has a 1-2 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 116 points per game while allowing 123. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 0-2-1 while going 0-3 straight up.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Knicks have a strong straight up record of 4-1. In addition, their ATS record was 4-1 in these scenarios.
The Hornets come in as the underdog at +6, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 226.5, and our model projects the Knicks and Hornets to reach a combined total of 212 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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